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Poet returns to campus as Kesseler reader

Molly Peacock, an award-winning poet and BU alumna, will read her published work in FA-Casadesus at 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 23, as part of the Milton Kessler Distinguished Poetry Reader Series.

Peacock, the poet-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, has been named this season?s Milton Kessler Distinguished Poetry Reader.

The series honors the memory of Kessler, a poet and former BU professor of English, who died in 2000. He is also credited with finding the University?s creative writing program.

Peacock, who was a student of Kessler while an undergraduate, later worked as BU?s director of academic advising and was active in the local poets-in-the-schools program.

She was also one of the originators of the poetry in motion project, which put poetry in New York City?s subways and buses. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, as well as The Best of the Best American Poetry.

Peacock?s new work-in-progress is a one-woman monologue in poems, The Shimmering Verge. Her awards have included the Danforth, Ingram Merrill, Woodrow Wilson, National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council of the Arts Fellowships.

A posthumous collection of work by Kessler titled, Free Concert, along with works by Peacock will be available for sale at the reading. For more information, contact the creative writing office at 777-2713, or visit the BU?s creative writing program fall readers? series website at
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Last Updated: 10/14/08